Nov. 21, 2009

Courtesy of Washington - St.Louis

Rock Island, Ill, November 21, 2009 - The No. 17 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team advanced to its second Final Four in school history with a 2-1 victory over Calvin College in the championship game of the Augustana Sectional on Saturday night in Rock Island, Ill.

Sophomore Lee Ann Felder scored the game-winning goal for Washington University in the 57th minute, as she one-timed a cross from senior Caryn Rosoff for her sixth goal of the year. Sophomore Emma Brown sent a through ball to Rosoff, who darted down the sideline and into the box before directing a pass to Felder.

"Those three (Emma, Lee Ann, Caryn) have been the catalysts all year long for our team. To have them bee involved in the final goal - that is what this team is all about," said Washington University head coach Jim Conlon. "The seniors had made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and it is nice they will get to end their career at the Final Four."

Neither team had any scoring opportunities in the first 40 minutes of play, but two goals in a span of 33 seconds sent the game into halftime with the score tied at 1-1. Carly Prins scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season at 43:07, as she headed home a cross from Emily Ottenhoff off of a free kick.

Senior Becca Heymann knotted the score just before halftime at 43:40, as she corralled a loose ball in the Calvin box and fired a left-footed shot to the far corner for her seventh goal of the season. The goal for Heymann was the 21st of her career, and also moved her into sole possession of 10th place with 54 points in her four-year career on the Danforth Campus.

"That was the defining moment of the game. To give up a great goal, and then come back and have enough composure to put the ball away and tie it up before half," Conlon said.

Each team had four shots in the first half of play, while Calvin had a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. Freshman goalkeeper Clara Jaques had two saves in the opening 45 minutes.

Jaques picked up her 16th win of the season in goal by making seven saves. The victory for Jaques moves her into eighth place on the all-time WU list in just here first season on the Danforth Campus.

Calvin, the 2009 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAC) conference champion, ends its season with a 16-5-1 overall record. The Knights outshot Washington U., 12-6, for the game, and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The victory on Saturday improved the Bears overall record to 17-3-2, which ties the school record for victories in a season. Washington U. also won a school-record 17 games in 1997, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Washington University takes on the winner of No. 3 ranked Trinity University (18-0) and Lynchburg College (17-3-3) on Friday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.

Bear Notebook: Washington University is 15-7-3 all-time in the NCAA Tourney, and the Bears improved its all-mark against Calvin to 5-0 ... Washington U.'s lone appearance in the Final Four came in 1997, when the Bears lost to California-San Diego, 2-0, in Elizabethtown, Pa ... The assist for Rosoff was the 21st of her career, moving her into a tie for fifth on the all-time list ... The Bears also defeated Calvin, 1-0, on Sept. 19, in Grand Rapids, Mich. ... This marks the 43rd Final Four appearance in school history for the Washington University Department of Athletics.